French Ligue One Roundup, Nov. 28

BY foxsports • November 28, 2010

Bafetimbi Gomis scored a late goal to help 10-man Lyon earn a 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the French league.

PSG goalkeeper Apoula Edel missed a clearance, sending the ball into Gomis' path, who fired home from 14 yards in the 87th minute. Gomis led Lyon's attack, creating problems to the defense with his mobility.

PSG remained in third place with 24 points, one clear of Lyon.

"I'm very gutted," PSG midfielder Nene told Canal Plus television. "It's tough to lose two points this way. But we showed we can compete against any team."

Meanwhile, Sochaux beat Caen 3-0 to climb to ninth place and Toulouse downed Auxerre 2-1 to snap a three-game losing streak.

Defending champion Marseille thrashed Montpellier 4-0 Saturday to top the standings on goal difference with 25 points from 14 matches, level on points with Lille.

Lyon destabilized the PSG defense with some neat one-touch passing. Argentine forward Lisandro Lopez played a one-two with Gomis before finding Kim Kallstrom. The Sweden midfielder released an unmarked Aly Cissokho down the left wing and the Lyon fullback beat Edel with a low shot from a tight angle in the 54th minute.

Nene equalized in the 63rd, heading home a cross from Guillaume Hoarau, who was played onside by Cissokho.

PSG took a 2-1 lead when Hoarau sent goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the wrong way to convert a penalty after Cissokho had tripped Nene in the 83rd. Lyon finished the match with 10 men as Cissokho was red-carded.

"We're disappointed," Lyon manager Claude Puel said. "But it's good to have equalized when a player short. It showed my players' character."

"It's a bit frustrating because we could have doubled the lead. It would have been unfair to lose this match."

In stoppage time, both teams had an opportunity to score the winning goal.

Hoarau diverted a throw-in toward an unmarked Stephane Sessegnon but the PSG substitute missed from close range in the 92nd.

The next minute, Gomis volleyed a long pass from Kallstrom into the side-netting.

In Caen, defender Damien Perquis headed in a corner at the near post in the 41st. Forward Ideye Brown also scored with a header off a corner in the 50th for his seventh goal this season.

Nicolas Maurice-Belay added a third with a diagonal shot in the 63rd.

"It took a while to earn our first away victory (this season), but we're enjoying it," Sochaux coach Francis Gillot said. "It's a good evening because we take three points and improve our goal difference."

Sochaux has 21 points while Caen lost its fifth straight game to remain in the relegation zone with 14 points.

"Conceding two goals on set-pieces is abnormal," Caen coach Franck Dumas said. "What bothers me is that there is no rebellion. My team is doubting itself right now."

Norway midfielder Daniel Braaten outpaced the Auxerre defense on the right flank to open the scoring for Toulouse by beating goalkeeper Olivier Sorin from a tight angle after seven minutes.

Auxerre had an opportunity to level in the 19th but forward Julien Quercia hit the post.

Federico Santander made it 2-0 with a close-range finish in the 35th. The Paraguay striker scored his first goal in the French league after Sorin had denied Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Alain Traore hit in a cross from Quercia to pull one back for Auxerre in the 56th.

Toulouse nearly added a third goal on a counterattack in the 65th but Braaten's low shot crashed against the post.

Auxerre slipped to 13th place with 19 points, trailing mid-table Toulouse by two points.

"Auxerre looked like a mentally tired team," Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said. "We knew this team had expended a lot of effort in the Champions League and we knew we could take advantage of that by breaking forward quickly."

Auxerre lost 2-0 to AC Milan in the lucrative European competition on Tuesday.

On Saturday, it was: Bordeaux 1, Lille 1; Lorient 2, Rennes 0; Nancy 1, Saint-Etienne 1; Monaco 1, Nice 1; and Valenciennes 3, Arles-Avignon 0. The match between Brest and Lens was abandoned at halftime because of a snow-covered pitch and will be replayed on Nov. 30.


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